Big Things have small beginnings . . . It’s been a full year now with our new pricing structure in place. This one small change has been incredible. Not only have we increased sales over last year by $31,871, but it has also helped streamline how we process the donations, making everything run much more smoothly. In September, we held our first Fashion Show for the public at the City Library. We featured fashions and models from both the Dogwood Shop and the Thrift Shop. The North Shore News and City Foods sponsored our event and the City Library gave us the venue for free. In addition, the North Shore News gave us free display ads to advertise the event. The sold out Fashion Show was huge success and raised over $600 for the hospital while also elevating awareness of our Auxiliary in the community. We are planning more such fashion shows in the future.
Bob Morrison and I have been working with the City of North Vancouver for the past year in pursuing an exemption from property taxes for the Thrift Shop. In January of this year we received notice from the City that our application had been approved. This tax relief will result in significant cost reductions for the Thrift Shop and higher revenues for our Auxiliary. Another success is the big blue bin for unsalable clothes (or “big blue” as we call it). This arrangement is working well for us, bringing in almost $2,000 year.
As always, the volunteers are the backbone of the shop. It is their dedication, passion, and belief in our organization that makes us such a success. Big thanks go out to the ladies at the back of the shop—they are the hardest working people and they do it for us! We are pleased to report sales of $273,980 this year, which is an increase of 13 percent over last year.